Only Children, Stereotypes, and Research

  • Toni Falbo
Part of the Genesis of Behavior book series (GOBE, volume 2)


Only children are people who grow up without siblings. About 13% of completed American families contain an only child (U.S. Bureau of Census, 1970). Besides being rare, only children are widely considered to be undesirable. In 1950 and again in 1972, Blake (1974) conducted a survey of a representative sample of the American public to determine whether being an only child was considered to be an advantage or disadvantage. Seventy-six percent in 1950 and 80% in 1972 chose “disadvantage” in describing only children.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toni Falbo
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  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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